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and the first aviator to hold this post. how much longer can you sustain the operations you have in afghanistan? >> we spent a long time thinking about that. i think we can sustain it for -- i hesitate to say indefinitely, but for quite a while. our forces are -- some of them are one to two. our in fantry is less than that right now. but the morale is commensurate with the good feeling that marines have about what they are doing and they feel that what they are doing is important. as long as that is the case and they are being supported back home, we can continue to sustain this. >> marines in one form or another have been in afghanistan since 2001. what are some of the more recent lessons that you have learned from the latest push? >> first of all, we took a lot of lessons out of iraq. not everything translated from iraq and afghanistan but a lot of it did. the importance of culture and tribal chiefs. in iraq it was the sheikhs but here it's the tribal chiefs and who the decision-makers are in the tribe. protecting the people is important. understanding the importance of training the afghan na
to general petraeus on his way home from afghanistan about america's longest war and other matters. >> nato forces in afghanistan have a new commander. general david petraeus is on the way home. he had been expected to serve longer but has been recalled to head the cia. the force he is leaving behind is now being quicker than he recommended. the insurgency has shown itself capable of hitting back with the assassinations and spectacular attacks. nato insists that they're winning. i asked the general what the possible grounds for optimism could be. >> what we have seen now is developing into a trend. in fact, this past week, yet again the level of insurgent attacks was lower, over 20% lower than the level of attacks in the same week last year. that makes nine of the last 13 weeks in which this has taken place in which the levels of attacks are lower than the corresponding time last year. that is completely contrary to what the intelligence professionals predicted. >> do you think that the strategic level, the death of bin laden, has created any new political possibilities or check political m
. >>> conditions in afghanistan once again turn deadly. but now the commander is under orders to plan a withdrawal. find out how soon some american troops could pull out of afghanistan. >>> and sue, what is going on? you should be poolside on a sunday? >> this is what i call living large, coming in to fox 5 on sunday. i'm glad to be here. but it's another really hot day. 99 degrees. at least july is about over. we'll set a lot of records this month. i'll let you know if there are any more in our future. fox 5 news will be right back.  >>> libian civilians were killed yesterday in a fateo air strike on state television facilities yesterday. nato carried out the attack in tripoli. it targeted three libian state television satellite transmitters. a nato official said the organization is aware of the reported deaths but cannot confirm them. libya officials say three station employees died and 15 others were hurt. some say it was international terrorism on a nonmilitary target. >>> the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is now on notice. he has two months to submit a detailed plan to bring american tro
night between front line troops in afghanistan and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen who's visiting them this weekend. somewhat unbelievably, several u.s. troops said their major concern was not getting paid because of this budget fight in washington. in response, mullen was blunt. he said it would be devastating. well, today our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski followed up in an exclusive conversation with admiral mullen. >> reporter: brian, admiral mullen fully expected to talk to the soldiers and marines about the war here in afghanistan. not the one in washington. >> they weren't talking about afghanistan. they weren't talking about the fight they were in. this isn't surprising, but when you're deployed you want to make sure everything's okay at home. >> soldiers and marines in the middle of a war zone worrying about getting paid. >> they always worry about getting paid. they just sort of expect it to happen. >> reporter: you said that if, in fact, paychecks were held up, that many in the services would be devastated by missing a single paycheck
crisis is on the minds of u.s. troops serving in afghanistan. marines want to know if they'll get paid if the debt deadline expires. it was the first question they asked the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff during his visit today to afghanistan. admirable mike mullen told him he does not know the answer, but says he's confident they will eventually get any salary they're owed. >>> failure to raise the debt ceiling could have widespread impact and end up costing us all more. interest rates for homes and cars are expected to rise. rates for a 30-year fixed mortgage could go a half percent. economists believe the crisis could lead to a further drop in the value of the u.s. dollar. as a result the price for goods, specifically imported from china, like rice and spices would increase. jitters about the debt deadline are having an impact on wall street. the dow lost 581 points last week. there's the biggest weekly drop in a year. >>> a stanford political science expert says the impasse is nothing new. professor david brady says both parties have the same problem, getting their members t
afghanistan and iraq. >>> he did rehab for three months to walk again after three tours of duty and a serious jury he is ready to go back. >> if they call i am going. >> he expects to have more surgery on his back soon. >>> now that the lock out is over and red skins are at training camp who is already injured. sports up next >>> off the wall coming up we have got football. >> yes, we do. >> we also have some body not wearing a coat we will explain why coming up next  hershey's bliss. one square inch of indulgence... joy... pleasure. one square inch of extra smooth, rich chocolate. hershey's bliss. what once took huge computers can now be stored on a single flash drive. yep, 4 gigs, just $5.99. will wonders never cease? [ male announcer ] staples has amazing back to school deals, like flash drives for $5.99. that was easy. >> >> making world headlines syrian tabbings shelling civilians, killing 13 overnight they stormed the central city right before dawn witnesses reporting intense gunfire some 16,000 people have died in the brutal crackdown since april. >> we are learning of a b
as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff discovered for himself this weekend. >>> here in southern afghanistan, soldiers and marines are dodging bullets. when they had a chance to throw questions at the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, their number one concern was the ongoing debate back home over the debt ceiling. >> the checkbook is not unlimited. >> they told soldiers if the talks fail they have to fight, but they may not get paid. >> there plenty of you living paycheck to paycheck. if paychecks were to stop it can have a devastating impact and a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> mullen told marines given the state of the u.s. economy, all the services they said cut back in the size of the force and maybe even military benefits. >> we will have to tighten our belt and prioritize and make hard decisions. >> in the middle of a war zone like many americans, these service members are worried about their jobs and asking what the heck is going on back in washington? >> here's a look at today's schedule. the senate will be in at sdmoon the vote will be set for 1:00 p.m. we will bring you
paid? no one can answer this at this point, and u.s. soldiers fighting in iraq and afghanistan could see their checks stopped. the joint chiefs of staff mike mullen was in kandahar today and while speaking with soldiers they brought up the debt fight here in washington. >> there are many of you living paycheck to paycheck and if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating ill pact and devastating impact pretty quickly. >> and he told the soldiers like most government agencies there will be belt tightening and cuts and that include cutbacks to military benefits. >>> here at home we have been following what is a serious concern for residents and business owners in adams comorg. last week police instituted operation adams morgan, but now they have one measure that has been making a difference and they have put an end to it. darcy spencer is there tonight. >> reporter: last weekend d.c. police launched operation adams morgan in an attempt to tame the night life some are saying is out of control. friday night, police eliminated the parking on the southside of northeast which is the
of the joint chiefs is admiral mike mullen, he is in afghanistan and he said when he was asked the question, he's not sure what happened. >>... (inaudible) in our government defaults, where will that affect service members? i don't have the answer. we are focused on making sure we don't have it affect people already in the military. >> that was hard to pick up, the words are on the screen, and, he met with servicemen in bases in southern afghanistan and he's confident they will get paid and more confident the mission will continue in afghanistan, uninterrupted. >> we have this "fox news alert" for you, from overseas, now, we could soon learn the verdict for the american held in iran two years on spying charges, josh fattal and shane bauer were arrested in july of '09 after crossing into eastern from iraq and, they say they made a simple mistake and today was the final court session of their case, according to a judiciary spokesperson in iran and a lawyer for the hikers says we'll know the verdict within a week, under iran's islamic law, espionage can be punished by execution and, again, the sta
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in afghanistan, asking their commander whether they get paid is really shameful. >> yes. >> what are the choices that are going to be made if this doesn't come through as you hope? >> well, it's really unthinkable. i think the scepter you raised is one of f e reasons i think there's so much urgency on capitol hill this morning. >> what are the tough choices and what will be paid? >> first of all, our focus now is on solving this. you know, we don't have much time left. a little over 60 hours, i guess. we've got to get this solved. >> and, you know, at the last hours, people are looking for off ramps. there is no off ramp here. the only option for congress to raise the debt ceiling and sign the initial deficit reduction savings into law. obviously, if congress isn't able to act, the treasury department has to brief people affected and will obviously do that. the focus has to be driving toward some conclusion. i think the american people are sitting home saying, they've gone through this recession, many lost jobs, many working two jobs, they are helping family helps who have been affected. they ar
with troops serving in afghanistan yesterday. the soldiers admiral mullen talked with weren't asked about how a troop drawdown would affect them. they asked if they would get paid if the republicans forced the united states government to stop paying its bills. the region that has been rocked by violence and plagued by sue coyed bombers this month, they wondered how they would take care of the families if the checks stopped coming next month. let me read a little bit of that press story that came out yesterday. quote -- "half a world away from the capitol -- capitol hill deadlock -- the economy and debt crisis are weighing heavily on the u.s. troops in afghanistan. the top question among them is one a top u.s. military officer wouldn't answer: will we get paid?" end of quote. admiral mullen went on to say, "i don't know the teens that question, but either way, those soldiers" he said, "all of us must continue to work every day." mr. president, this is really unacceptable. a country as rich and powerful as ours, men and women with bombs going off around them, shouldn't worry about whether this
social security checks and veterans benefits. soldiers on the frontline in afghanistan asked the chairman of the joint chief of staffs if they will get their checks if the government defaults. president obama talked with mitch mcconnell and met with all sides to try to beat the clock and strike the deal. >> jessica, we heard earlier on they needed about a week after the deal was passed so they could get it to the president's desk for signature. if they get a deal in the next day or on monday, do they still have time to get this signed and so we avoid this default? >> well, there certainly are still procedural things that would have to happen before they do so but at this point every person i've talk to says if they have a deal in hand they will make it happen. no one here in washington wants to see the nation default on its debt, ann. >> we are talking about talks at the white house. we have heard about those talks before. what do you know about those? any progress being made? >> reporter: it doesn't appear so. there were about 90 minutes this afternoon at the white house with nancy pelos
to be liked rather than respected. they have wound up being need that. >> the war in iraq and afghanistan, what would you do? >> help the iraqi security forces to govern that country. in afghanistan, we have to walk -- have to watch out for a precipitous withdrawal. it would create a new harbor for terrorism and they would lose their ability to stabilize the government. >> have you met world leaders? what has been your impression of them? >> i do not believe that is important. i look at the strategic interest of the united states and our allies and how we can mutually cooperate and mutually conflicts. >> finish this sentence. the state of the country today is what? >> an opportunity to be seized. big government and big banks have failed us. the crushing weight of the potential markets have yet to be fixed. that has helped to inhibit the ability of the american people to move forward. it is never a failure of the american people. that is not why we are having the difficulties we are having. it is the failure of governments to affect the larger institutions. for a period of time, you are ab
soldiers and marines in afghanistan today. now in the middle of a war zone, just like many americans back home, the service members are worried about their jobs and what is going on with their government. >> there are plenty of you in a are living paycheck to paycheck. so if paychecks were to stop, it could have a devastating impact and a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> the only way federal employees can get paid is through defense contractors or medicare providers, that means the u.s. would have to pay penalties and interest on the late bills which would drive up the deficit even more. >>> coming up next at 11:00 -- down but not out, a bay area woman isn't letting anything stand in her way of a dream. her story comes with a call for help from police in the east bay tonight. >>> and it could have been catastrophic. remarkably, everyone survived this plane crash. tonight hear what passengers say was happening when the plane was folding in half. turn left. you have arrived. sweet belt. e-reader for textbooks. gps. hd video cam for lectures. game pad. have you ever considered this ? it
chiefs of staff told troops in afghanistan he would not say whether they will be paid if the debt limit is not raised. >>> some people here in the bay area say they are worried about how a default could affect their own finances. and they say they are angry that lawmakers can't seem to reach a compromise. >> it would be frustrating to me if i had to pay more interest on what i am currently paying. >> some people are saying social security, all the -- the programs that help people, who are unable to help themselves. >> reporter: i would like to see them all kicked out. i hope that we have the biggest recall, one source says. and get rid of the trash that we have in there now. >> reporter: the people we spoke with said they believe a lot of what is happening right now is political posturing, and that the debt ceiling will be raised at the last minute. >>> for up to the minute news on the debt showdown in washington, d.c., be sure to go to our website at ktvu and click on the debt ceiling tab. >>> and hours away from a court ruling. family members say a hearing for shane bauer and josh jo
to see a halt they would react. >> in southern afghanistan 11 people were killed with a suicide bomber and officers were killed along with one child a dozen people were also injured. they recently took over security in the country in syria military raids across the country had 52 deaths there they stormed the city of pompom and killed a dozen people 1 per cent of described the scene as a massacre. >> we are taken live look outside of san miguel mild temperatures at will continue as we turn the page into august we will be right back we're back with kron 4 weekend news it is not all 8:46 a.m. and as we look out they are taking part of the san francisco marathon >> it looks like the clouds are lifting and it is a good day for running and this is look at the rest of the weather >> mild temperatures was again for today temperatures are in the '50s and '60s and into the afternoon they will be topping out at the '60s and '70s further inland in will be in all low to mid '80s the fog will clear all little bit more quickly tomorrow than it is today. we have a gradual modest trend. this coming we
: metrohealth medical center is a long way from afghanistan where james happened to be on friday during the birth of his first son. >> thanks to technology and the good grace of metrohealth and the director of labor and delivery they werable to put this together. words can't express how truly grateful i am. >> reporter: the member of the 910th air wing is on the front line currently, but he was able to be on the sideline in the delivery room where his soon-to- be wife gave berth to baby richard. >> he's 8 pounds and 10 ounces, and he's 20 inches long and and he is -- has big hands and feet. [ laughter ] >> every delivery is a big occasion for the family, and this would definitely rank in my top 10. >> reporter: jeff petronic is the nurse who helped coordinate the not-so-common connection. >> and that is a great day. >> reporter: mom was due on tuesday but little richard came early and everyone was ready. including his 12-year-old sister alyssa. >> i just -- they're so huge. i love them. i'm see excited. >> reporter: they just kind of took over and -- >> they just kind of took over and
is fighting two wars in afghanistan and iraq . they feel like the military is stretched. the house armed services committee said yesterday he was worried about breaking the armed forces and that is a grave concern for the republicans. >> of course, the speaker is counting heads. much more on this . ed henry is watching the goings on there for signs of progress . any proposed deal will have detractors. >> we heard about speaker john boehner and the problems with the tea party. the president may have trouble as well >> democrat leaderships huddled with nancy pelosi on capitol hill. top advisors found themselves on the fence. >> you are progressive. there is a powerful case for debt reduction. things like college loans and medical research and road construction. if we don't reduce the deficit, we'll not have room to do that. >> but a key liberal congressman is not beeing it. he released a blistering statement charging that the deal trades people's livelihood for unappeasable right-wing radicals and i will not support it. the arizona democrat said the party is at a cross road and this is a c
in order unassisted. >> the debt crisis is weighing heavily on the minds of u.s. troops in afghanistan. when joint chiefs chairman admiral mike mullen made an unnonsed visit to afghanistan, some soldiers asked about how the debt crisis would affect their paychecks. harry reid talked about the encounter on the senate floor. >> soldiers admiral mullen talked with weren't asking about military strategy or how a drawdown would affect them. they asked whether they would get paid if republicans force the united states to stop paying its bills. the reason that has been rocked by violence and plagued by suicide bombers, they wondered how they would take care of families if the checks stop coming next month. the troops also pressed mullen on how it would affect military operations. what is it going to take to find a solution to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and don lemon break down the hurdles and options. don't miss get it done tonight 9:00 eastern only on cnn. >>> i'll be back in one hour from now with the latest from washington as negotiations continue to work out a debt deal before tuesday'
, that's clear, isn't it? so there he was, he was making his 15th trip to afghanistan and it was while he was over at camp leatherneck that the marines asked him, okay, if there are a bunch of pentagon cuts, how is that going to affect our equipment and stuff like that. and wherever he has gone so far during this particular swing through the country of afghanistan, the troops are saying are we going to get paid? and he's saying, i don't know. just know this whatever you are owed you'll get paid eventually. you know, and this is how this works down. if we do, talking about if we go into a debt ceiling where we can't pay our bills technically which i don't agree with anyway, let's say, the president has the tablt to decide who gets paid when. clearly the debt is going to get paid first. china and saudi arabia are paid before our military, as bad as that sounds, that has to happen, so our borrowing costs don't go through the roof and then pay the military and social security, and if you dodonn tt order, give the department of education money first, it's the president's fault. it's not congre
had "rambo" in afghanistan, you have a war in the afghanistan and a lot of the way we describe it is about the rambos in afghanistan. obviously, gordon gekko becomes bernie madoff and all the ripoff artist on wall street. the evil guy from "tron," i'm only have joke here, kind of is mark zuckerberg. [laughter] the a-team, the idea of the private contractor you have to hire to fix your problems for you is kind of, in some ways, blackwater or at least our reliance on private contractors and how we think about private contractors. and the evil guy, cobra, in "g.i. joe," was a very clear allusion to islamic fundamentalist terrorism. what i argue in the book is that these images, these stories became powerful in the 1990 and -- 1980s and enduring because of certain structural changes that were happening in our economy. and i told nathan by e-mail that i was going to do this. i stole and used one of the cover graphics of nathan's book to sort of highlight how this happened. but an argument in this book is that things change in the 1980s in a way that made the storylines and the icono
the upcoming vote. >> -- ask about military strategy or how a troop drawdown in afghanistan would affect them. no. they ask whether they would pay for republicans to force the united states government to stop paying its bills. a region that has been rocked by violence and plagued by suicide bombers this month and wondered how they would take care of their families if the checks stopped coming next month. let me read a little bit of that that came out yesterday. "half a world away from the capitol, capitol hill deadlock, the debt crisis weighs heavily on troops in afghanistan. and the top question on their minds saturday, even as bombings rocked the city around them, was one a top united states military officer couldn't answer -- will we get paid?" admiral mullen went on to say, "i don't know the answer to that question. but either way, those soldiers, all of you must continue to work every day." this is really unacceptable. a country as rich and powerful as ours, men and women with bombs going off arnold them, shouldn't wonder if this country would leave them high and dry. this afternoon i've
. ♪ welcome back. american troops in afghanistan worried about how the debt talks standoff could impact their families with the deal doesn't happen by tuesday and federal employees stop getting paid. soldiers asked admiral mike mullen if they will still get their pay checks. he said honestly he just doesn't know what will happen. >>> mullen was meeting with service men and women at bases in southern afghanistan. >> but the money does seem to be flowing in iraq and in ways that are taking the american taxpayer for a ride. a new report by a special inspector shows that contractors are overbilling the government by as much as 12,000%. in one case a sub contractor charged the pentagon 900 bucks for a $7 switch. and the audit comes as violence in iraq is surging. steve centanni is live for us in washington. so steve, first, what about the allegations that iraq is not any safer than it was a year ago? >> well, heather, that is the claim of the inspector general for iraq reconstruction in a scathing report just released he says "iraq remains an extraordinarily dangerous place to work. it is le
. >> mitchell: in afghanistan a suicide bombary tacked a police station in the southern city today killing at least 11 people including a child. the taliban was quick to claim responsibility. afghan forces took over security for the city earlier this month. security for the city earlier this month. we'll be back. low back pain. imagine living your life with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a non-narcotic treatment that's fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners may increase bleeding risk. severe liver problems, some fatal, were reported. signs include abdominal pain and yellow
soon. wall street suffered its worst week of the year and troops in afghanistan were told they might not get paid. >> the country is in crisis. this is not a time for politics as usual. >> but for the first time in weeks, there was real optimism, a deal may get done. >> i'm confident and optimistic that we're going to get an agreement in the very near future and resolve this crisis in the best interests of the american people. >> mcconnell should know he's the top senate negotiator on the republican side. and he'll join us this morning along with a top democratic leader, senator chuck schumer. it's all ahead on "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs "face the nation" with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer. and now from cbs news in washington, bob schieffer. >> and good morning again and welcome to "face the nation." well, here's what it looks like is taking shape, a deal that would extend the debt limit through 2012 and would cut up to $3 trillion in spending over the next ten years. first wave of cuts would total $1 trillion and a bipartisan, super congre
of whom asked the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, as he traveled through afghanistan, whether they will still get paid if the u.s. coffers run dry. he told them, "i honestly can't answer that." how can you even allow these soldiers to wonder whether they're going to get paid? >> i think senator mcconnell and i are both cefd that we're going to be able to come to some agreement with the white house and end this impasse. >> reporter: but, again, democratic leaders dispute that, and in fact, when house minority leader nancy pelosi was returning from the white house this evening, we asked her what she thought of mcconnell's aserks that they were close to a deal, and she said to us, "i don't even know what you're talking about. " russ. >> mitchell: let's talk about the tea party. where are the tea party members in all of this. >> reporter: most likely,erous, they're not going to be happy with whatever gets agreed tot last minute by the white house and democratic and republican leaders. that's because they're going to be looking to bring forward a coalition of moderates from both pa
on an ied while on patrol in afghanistan. >> without, like, the advances in technology, i feel that, you know, i wouldn't have come as far as i have. >> reporter: just down the hall, the apartment lab. >> that's where you learn to open a door again. unlock a lock. >> reporter: and patients from walter reed helped design this area, where they can test their prosthetics in private. any problems, they head to the lab across the hall. >> in minutes, they can get things like that taken care of. >> reporter: all they need now are the patients. >> it is rewarding to final see the finish line in sight. >> reporter: in bethesda, melissa melai, news4. >>> and coming up -- >> you can feel so much better throughout the day. you can do so much more. >> the workout that helps this actor shine on stage while flaunting his washboard absen. and how a father turns his son and how a [ man ] i gothis son this new citi thankyou card and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points? yes i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ ♪ there it is. [ man ] so i used
for women to attend school in afghanistan. of this particular policy was discarded in 2001, similar deplorable circumstances still exists in afghanistan and around the world. the limitations and implications of existing education systems are far reaching, yet they are concrete steps that can be taken to work toward combating the cyclical and damaging nature of existing education systems or lack thereof. any institution international jurisdiction can and must answer to global education programs including early childhood in the case of programs. early so that education such as operation head start provides comprehensive health and education, and parent involvement to low-income families. providing technical skills and training to make individual valuable members of the workforce. sets educational programs can also be recognized for their economic dahlia. early sell their education as well as vocational training and educational opportunities are of viable and empowerment programs that must be instituted in a global context. education is a powerful thing and can be central and working t
down the wars in iraq and afghanistan don't count. specifically, they say that these savings are -- quote -- "a widely ridiculed accounting gimmick that breeds cynicism." unquote. yet all but three of the 43 senators who signed this letter voted for the ryan budget on may 25 this year. that budget counted the same drawdowns as almost identical in savings. so those savings were legitimate enough to secure their support for the ryan budget but not legitimate enough to secure their support for leader reid's debt ceiling compromise. and here we are on the precipice, and suddenly they've done a 180-degree turn. either these savings count or they don't. you can't have it both ways. so we are proposing exactly what republicans have been saying that they want. yet instead of accepting this deal, they're using what precious time we have left to push forward with their agenda, and it's not even their agenda. it's the tea party agenda. their radical agenda is a wolf in sheep's clothing. last night we voted down speaker boehner's plan which requires the passage of a balanced budget const
significantly. imagine this. half a world away in afghanistan, u.s. soldiers today, meeting with their chief, chairman of the joint chiefs mike mullen, asked, will we get paid? and he was forced to say, i simply don't know. but beyond that, america's international friends and, indeed, its friendemies, are concerned. they say, it is damaging. they call it irresponsible, what's happening in washington. especially china, which holds the most u.s. debtbt. it's calling for a resolution to this. and a key investment manager says to me, that the rest of the world is stunned, bewildered, more than a little worried. and that the damage has already being done. it's already more than a flesh wound. >> always fun to hear the word friendemy on the evening news. christiane, let me just pick up on the last thing you said there. do you really think that even if a deal is done and they beat the clock, that real damage has been done in a lasting way? >> well, look. this is what people there are saying. that the level of thth acrimony, the level of the paralysis, the partisanship here, has sent a discouraging
street to the battlefields of afghanistan. as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, discovered for himself today, nbc's jim miklaszewski is traveling with him. >> reporter: here at the hot spots of kandahar, american soldiers and marines are still dodging bullets, rockets and road side bombs every day. amazingly, when they had a cc1: chance to throw questions at the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, their number one concern was the ongoing debate back home over the debt ceiling. >> the checkbook is not unlimited. >> reporter: admiral mullen told soldiers at kandahar that if the talks failed they'd still have to fight but they might not get paid. >> there are plenty of you that are living paycheck to paycheck: so if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating impact, and it can have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: at camp leatherneck, mullen told marines given the state of the u.s. economy, all the services face a cutback in the size of the force, and maybe even military benefits. >> we're going to have to tigh
of pride it is as we go across afghanistan and iraq to visit those young guardsmen. truly, they are magnificent in how they serve, what they do. let me tell you, it is good to be in the mile high city. always good to get up on the high ground so you can survey what is going on around you. particularly when you are headed into a conflict. [laughter] conservatives already hold the high ground of ideas, but this conference provides a vantage point with a view of the challenges that lay ahead for us as we go forward in this country. you know, over the next 17 months, i believe america will undergo some tough times as we begin the process of crawling and domesticating a beast known as the federal government. [applause] my concern is not only that washington has intruded upon the rights of the state's and individuals to make decisions about our own health care, our small businesses, our money, but that it is also advocating one of its most -- advocating one of its most basic duties, which is defending our borders. [applause] i always thought that government was supposed to do th
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yesterday. he visited troops in afghanistan. soldiers overseas could see their checks stopped if no deal is reached. the possibility admiral discussed with them during that visit. >> there are plenty of you living paycheck to paycheck. so if paychecks were to stop it could have a devastating impact and devastating impact pretty quickly. he said there will be some belt tightening going on. departments of education, labor, justice, and energy would be some of the first groups to not be paid. >>> two small planes collide in alaska filling four people. they're not sure how the planes ran into each other. but they were it happened in uncontrolled airspace. one of the planes able to land safely in anchorage. authorities are studying the plane that landed safely to determine the cause of the collision. >>> two separate lawsuits kop contradict who may have been at fault. john davis trucking company filed a lawsuit claiming amtrak and union pacific did not maintain a safe railroad crossing. amtrak has also filed a lawsuit claiming the trucking company did not properly train its driver. >>> and ju
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